Hofstra University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Hofstra University is a private university with an acceptance rate of 63%. The 240-acre campus is located in Hempstead, Long Island, within easy reach of New York City. The university has a 13-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. Campus life is active, and Hofstra has over 200 student clubs and organizations including an active Greek system. Business majors are popular among undergraduates, but Hofstra's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. On the athletic front, the Hofstra Pride competes in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association. Popular sports include basketball, track and field, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey.

Considering applying to Hofstra University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Hofstra University had an acceptance rate of 63%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 63 students were admitted, making Hofstra's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 27,620
Percent Admitted 63%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 9%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Hofstra University has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to Hofstra may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 70% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 570 670
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Hofstra's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Hofstra scored between 580 and 660, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 670, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 670. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1330 or higher is competitive for Hofstra University.

Requirements

Hofstra University does not require SAT scores for admission for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Hofstra participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Hofstra recommends that students include the essay portion of the SAT.

Note that applicants to particular programs (e.g. Hofstra's dual degree physician assistant program and the BS-BA/MD program), home schooled applicants, international students, and students applying for the Hofstra Trustee Scholarship, are required to submit standardized test scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Hofstra University has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to Hofstra may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 29% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 31
Math 24 28
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Hofstra's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Hofstra received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that Hofstra does not require ACT scores for admission for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, Hofstra superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. Hofstra recommends that students submit the ACT writing section.

Note that applicants to particular programs (e.g. Hofstra's dual degree physician assistant program and the BS-BA/MD program), home schooled applicants, international students, and students applying for the Hofstra Trustee Scholarship, are required to submit standardized test scores.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Hofstra's incoming class was 3.64, and over 90% of students had GPAs of 3.0 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Hofstra University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Hofstra University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Hofstra University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Hofstra University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Hofstra University, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has selective admissions. However, Hofstra also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Hofstra's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had a high school average of "B" or better, a combined SAT score of 1050 or higher (ERW+M), and an ACT composite score of 23 or higher. Grades are much more important than standardized test scores due to Hofstra's test-optional admissions policy.

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